The first in an occasional series where we learn about very very small countries.
Almost hidden on the border between France and Spain, the tiny principality of Andorra is a land of narrow valleys and mountainous landscapes.
In 2006 the population of Andorra was 69,000 which makes it smaller than Hemel Hempstead.
For any one who has an interest in learning more about Andorra here is a link to its Wikipedia entry.
It is quite informative covering as it does demographics (highest life expectancy in the world!), the economy (mainly dependent on tourism), politics (it is a co-principality whatever that means), history (granted a charter by Charlemagne for fighting the Moors), and geography (Befitting its location in the eastern Pyrenees mountain range, Andorra consists predominantly of rugged mountains of an average height of 1996 meters.)
I couldn't find a word about football, but I suppose what with it being so mountainous they are probably hard pressed to find an area suitable for a football pitch.
And yet at half time last night in this farce I was envisaging an addition to the information about Andorra along the lines of "In March 2007 Andorra earned their first ever points in an international football championship by drawing with / defeating (delete as appropriate) a side masquerading as one of the leading footballing nations in the world - England."
Reidski told me last night that even though Scotland lost to Italy (That would be Italy - the current World Champions) they had played well and he was proud of them. That left me wondering. When was the last time I felt proud of an England football team? Ummmmm.............
P.S. Why is this all in bold anyway?
Expats - To Italians, Italy is no doubt the best country on Earth. I guess it's the same with Canadians, Nigerians, Sri Lankans and Bolivians. But me? I am English...
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